The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has completed repairs to two lower Kenai Peninsula beaches damaged by erosion, according to a press release from October.
Crews completed armor rock reinforcement of about 1,200 feet in the Anchor River State Recreation Area and 1,300 feet in the Deep Creek State Recreation Area to help protect against further coastal erosion into the Cook Inlet, said Jack Blackwell, superintendent of the Alaska State Parks Kenai Peninsula region, in the press release.
Severe storms in late 2017 caused significant erosion to Kenai Peninsula beaches, and prompted disaster declarations by borough, state and federal government agencies. Those declarations helped bring disaster relief funding in partnership with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Both Anchor River State Recreation Area and Deep Creek State Recreation Area offer camping, beachcombing and tractor-assisted boat launch services that provide access to Cook Inlet sport fisheries.
“The recreation areas provide critical recreation opportunities for Alaska residents and visitors, and help support the economic diversity of the Kenai Peninsula,” Blackwell is quoted as saying in the release.